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Boleros for the disenchanted

Boleros for the disenchanted

José Rivera,


From the fecund imagination of José Rivera, a writer known for his lush language, open heart and stylistic flirtation iwth the surreal, come four new plays that interweave love and politics. Boleros for the Disenchanted is a story of the playwright's own parents: their falling in love in 1950s Puerto Rico up through more difficult times forty years later in America. In Brainpeople, three desolate women in a postapocalyptic Los Angeles feast on a slaughtered tiger. Adoration of the Old Woman centers on a young American woman sent to Puerto Rico during a vote for statehood to stay with her great-grandmother, who is being visited by her dead husband's lover. Pablo and Andrew at the Altar of Words a one-act penned in protest of California's Proposition 8, is an exuberant confession of love between two men.

"José Rivera is too fine a playwright to pen an uncomplicated story. Ideally, personal plays, such as Boleros for the Disenchanted, set you off thinking about your own marriage, your own parents, your own mortality. So it goes here. Even if you've never seen Puerto Rico or grown old, you sit there ruminating on love, sacrifice and betrayal, and you wonder about what life might yet throw at you and yours. Fans of Rivera will recognize his linguistic flourishes, the stylistic ease, the gaping heart." Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"Adoration of the Old Woman is perhaps the most prominent American play to take on Puerto Rican politics of any era." Jennifer de Poyen, San Diego Union-Tribune

"An intriguing and evocative drama, Brainpeople is a return to the postapocalyptic landscape this most magical-realist of major American playwrights has explored in the past. The result is an engrossing descent into the traumatized inner realms of three very different, isolated women... an uncovering of the social and psychological terrors that have leapt from the grottoes of the minds. A teasingly engrossing stage reality, each flight of concentrated poetry is vividly written." Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

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